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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kiba: his life and times

Baby INDog Kiba has been with us for two months exactly. His age is now three months.

I really meant to write about him much earlier, but the problem was choosing which picture (out of hundreds) to post.

My final shortlist is 31...
obviously way too many for one post. Here's a random selection. Still a photo-blitz, but please bear with his besotted shutterbug bore of a mom!


Above: Soon after arrival, 24 October 2011. He weighed 1.7 kilos.



Above: The first day



Above, below: The day after adoption, the games begin. Kimaya was initially nervous of him, but she soon got over that.





Above: Trophy - a fallen leaf from one of our teak trees



Above: Doing the patio steps on his own on his second trip to Nagaon. When we adopted him he still couldn't gauge distances or depth so we used to carry him up and down.



Above: Meeting with Brownie. A very important occasion. Brownie marked many sofas and curtains after this historic event. He's never done that before and I'm rather hoping he won't do it again.



Above: Kimaya, Brownie look into the middle distance with noble expressions. Kiba looks only at the dried leaf he is guzzling. Noble expressions appear later in INDogs.



Above: Between six and seven weeks. His first collar! Also the day of his first distemper+parvo combo vaccine.



Above: Ears lifting...



Above: Play bow. They both love tug games. Kiba invites Kimaya to play by picking up one of his toys and wagging it about in front of her. Several toys have been dismantled and unstuffed during their tug games. These are some of the few that have survived.


Above: They love each other, they really do.



Above: The blue giraffe was still intact when this was clicked, but it's kind of prophetic that you can only see its head in the picture. Because some weeks later its head, body and insides were all separated from each other with surgical precision. Like Humpty Dumpty it could never be put back together again.



Above: Nagaon, 30 November, 9 weeks old



Above: 5 December - one ear up



Above: Snarls and growls



Above: This morning, 26 December. The right ear has been up since yesterday, with just a little bit still to firm up near the tip. Is this a noble expression, or am I just partial?



Above: I made goat-noises at him to get this expression.

How he was adopted:

We wanted a companion for Kimaya, but this time I was determined to adopt a highway pup or a village pup. I make a lot of road trips and there has rarely been even one on which I didn't see road-kill. I wanted to take at least one dog away from that dangerous life.


Since INDogs have seasonal synchronized breeding during the late monsoon months, winter is "puppy season" and there are dozens of little ones all along the highways. On 24 October Kiran, Kimaya and I were on our way to Nagaon when we saw a brown nursing female standing next to a modest roadside shop, one of those shacks that sell biscuits and potato chips. It was right next to the Alibag bypass road.

I hopped out of the car to ask the shopkeeper whether the dog was his, when another nursing female appeared, a black-and-tan one this time. The shopkeeper said they weren't his but he was feeding them and both bitches had kept their puppies in a sheltered space next to the shop.

I saw nine pups; the man said there were 14 in all!


Though I prefer females I had to take a male because Kimaya doesn't get on well with females. (Lalee of course was an exception because she was senior and the leader; Kimaya loved her).

I chose a plump light brown male and took him to the car. He was fast asleep and didn't wake even when picked up.

He really looked too small to take away from his mother, so at first I suggested to the man that I could pick him up a few days later on our way back to town. But he and his assistant almost begged me to take the pup at once, and I can't blame them: they were just a few feet from a busy highway. Moreover it was Diwali week, when panic-stricken dogs often dash onto the street and get hit by cars.

The pup looked just about one month old, perhaps a day or two short, so we decided he must have been born around 24 September.

Luckily he could eat soft mashed up solids. Obviously he had never fed himself before, but he learned in a few seconds how to do it. The next day our driver picked up puppy formula milk and vitamin drops from the vet and came down to Nagaon on the ferry, so Kiba didn't have to wait for those.


He was named after a character in the anime series Wolf's Rain. I read that kiba means "fang" in Japanese. And it goes well with "Kimaya" and "Kiran" (the last being the husband).

Of course he has all sorts of silly nicknames as well. A recent one is "Pizzpot Gargravarr." Yes, toilet-training has been a challenge, but we shall overcome in the end.

Kiba has also been a movie star from an early age, so expect a video-blitz sometime soon. But be warned: there is lots of gratuitous violence.

Over to some other dogs now!

Here's an earlier post on adoption of highway dogs.


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14 comments:

Lubna said...

Oh, he is cute. Can't wait to actually meet him.

Rajashree Khalap said...

He's growing Lubna, so you should meet him soon!

What Remains Now said...

I missed December 6's post, so I was delighted to meet Kiba today. What cute pictures. Glad you included all of them. I don't think you'll ever need to apologize for including too many pictures of Kiba. I could have looked at many more.

Rajashree Khalap said...

Thanks! There will be more!

Jineesha said...

hi rajashree, kiba is totally adorable. i love the photographs. he is very very photogenic! my fav pics are those of him on the patio steps and the conference meeting with the rest of the gang :) such a delight! would love to see him sometime!

Rajashree Khalap said...

Hi Jineesha! Please come and meet him when you are next in town! Kiran wants to take him to the office...don't know how that will go, with the puddles I mean.

Nikhil said...

Hi Rajashree, was an absolute delight to meet him when I had come over.. although his ears were still down then.. need to come back and see him :)

Rajashree Khalap said...

Hi Nikhil, please do come over, he's looking really funny right now with his rabbit-ears :-) He's grown quite a bit since you saw him.

june said...

He looks so funny and adorable in the last picture. A big welcome to Kiba!

Rajashree Khalap said...

Thanks June!

wandereress said...

So now I have another reason to visit you when I am in Mumbai next...the adorable movie star Kiba!!! :)

Rajashree Khalap said...

Just guard your footwear when you come over :-)

Anonymous said...

Shannon said: The ears are quite perked aren't they? Thai dog's ears only get that perked if there is something they are really interested in, otherwise their ears are up but with various positions. Often my Thai dog's ears go to the side. I call them "airplane ears". The shape of the ING dog's ears are also different. They seem to be bigger, almost German Shepperd like.

Rajashree Khalap said...

Hi Shannon, yes the pure INDog has erect ears; at most they might be dropped at the tips but not completely dropped. Some have airplane ears too. They flatten their ears in submission like all dogs. Size of the ears seems to vary a bit. Kiba has grown into these enormous rabbit ears :) Have you seen the INDog photo gallery http://www.indog.co.in/Gallery.html Almost all these dogs live in places where there are no dogs of other breeds.